National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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14 December 2010

The district finals of the Cumbria YFC Just a Minute and junior reading competitions were held at the Greenhill Hotel, Wigton.

The Just a Minute Competition, based on the Radio 4 programme, was new to YFC and proved to be a hilarious evening, with teams speaking for a minute on such topics as: “Wayne Rooney is paid £200,000 a week because..”, “the wisest thing I ever heard” and “stuffing your Christmas bird”.

Judges Nick Utting and Peter Holliday said that they had had a very enjoyable evening and praised former YFC member Gordon Brown for suggesting the competition to NFYFC. 

Raughton Head’s team of Phil Potts, Lisa Bowe, Emma Salthouse and Josie Mitchinson were placed first, Kirklinton YFC second, Drigg YFC third and Carlisle fourth.

Meanwhile, judges Sarah Fawcett and Frank Chester were judging a much quieter but no less engrossing junior reading competition.  YFC members aged 10 to 14 had to read three passages from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis after an introduction by their chairman.

Jessie Cowper, Sarah Ellen Unsworth and Ellie Naylor, from Drigg YFC, won this competition with Caldbeck second, Skelton thirrd and Raughton Head fourth.

The county finals of both these competitions will be on 13 January at the George Hotel, Penrith at 7.30pm and spectators are welcome.

14 December 2010

Dyfan's lamb takes the trophy

Dyfan Evans with his prizewinning lamb.
The future of showing looks bright as some of the Clwyd Federation of Young Farmers Clubs’ youngest stockmen reached the top in an annual competition.
On Monday December 6 the young farmers competed in the Rhesgoed Farm Shop Perpetual Cup class for the best lamb in hand, held at Ruthin Farmers’ 2010 Christmas Prime Stock Shows and Sale.

Top of the tree winning the first prize of a cup and £30 was 12-year-old Dyfan Evans of Melin y Wig. There may be some sibling rivalry between runners up Teleri, 11, and Tirion Griffiths, 12, of Derwen, who both did well to take the second and third prizes of £20 and £10 respectively. All three prizewinners are members of Ruthin Young Farmers Club. The winning lamb was bought for £160 by Mr Huw Williams of Rhesgoed Farm Shop to sell in the store.

This was the contest’s fourth year and judge Mr Wyn Ellis from Llansannan said that he was very impressed with the quality of the entries.

Clwyd’s Young Farmers also did the county proud by shining in the Young Farmers Cattle Class open to all young farmers 26 and under. The winner of the MWS Trophy was 26-year-old Elin Hughes of Ty Nant, a member of Uwchaled club.

08 December 2010

New young innovators with natural resources award presented at Royal Welsh winter fair!

The new Young Innovators with Natural Resources award sponsored by the world renowned energy company, Dulas, was presented today at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

The competition facilitated by Wales YFC, with support from the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society saw exceptional entries in its first year with entries from all across Wales, covering a wide variety of enterprises.

Dai Jones, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society President for 2010 presented the overall winner with £2,000 and £300 to the best entries in two special categories - managing carbon and water resource -   on Monday the 29th of November.  

James Raw, the sixth generation to farm at Tyllwyd in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains near Aberystwyth was the overall winner of the competition and scooped £2,000 for his achievements. James manages Tyllwyd, a 730 ha hill farm, along with Blaencwm, a 500 ha rented hill farm on the Elan Valley Estate and Nanteos, a 70 ha lowland farm, in partnership with his mother, his wife Clare and son James Llywelyn.

08 December 2010

Glamorgan YFC member wins Wales YFC NatWest Cymru enterprise scheme!

Today at the Welsh Winter Fair, the winners of the Wales YFC NatWest Cymru Enterprise Scheme were announced at an award ceremony at the NFU Building.

The scheme, run by Wales YFC is sponsored by NatWest Cymru awards Wales YFC members who have established successful business and past entrants state that the competition is an excellent way of boosting businesses, through advice received during the entry process and the publicity following the results.

The winner of this prestigious award in 2010 was Bleddyn Beck a member of Neath YFC, Glamorgan and he was awarded with £800 to further promote his business, Beckbred Pigs. The business owns the Panorama Herd of Large Whites and Welsh pigs and both herds are well known throughout the UK with the Large White herd the most premier herd in Wales. The business also sells Pedigree terminal Large White pigs and Pedigree maternal Welsh pigs into the commercial pig industry as live pigs. Beckbred Pigs fulfils the needs of its customers of wanting Pedigree pigs in the commercial sector. The demand for such pigs is high as there are little and few hers offering such products. The company strives to improve the pigs by selecting the highest and best performing genetics to create excellent stock for the commercial market. All of the pigs performances are recorded by having access to a BULB system. Earlier this year Bleddyn was picked by the BPA youth working group to travel to America to the World Pork Expo to compete at the USA stock juging competition, where in the under 21 category he was placed in the top 20 out of 125 entries from across the world. While in America, he represented the UK on the export stand where there was a great interest in the business maternal products.

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Andy Woodthorpe, NatWest Director Rural Wales Banking, said: “Judging this year was as challenging as any other year, however we came to the decision that Bleddyn Beck had shown the greatest entrepreneurial flair establishing his business and deserved the first prize.”

Lowri Roberts a past member of Dyffryn Tanat YFC in Montgomery earned the second prize of £500 with her business Siop Cwlwm. The shop trades online ( and at Oswestry indoor market  on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays which are market days in the town. The shops location just over the border in England is important as the area has succeeded to maintain it’s Welsh identity and Oswestry is also the market town for many inhabitants of mind and north east Wales.  The primary aims of the business is to promote the Welsh language and culture by providing Welsh products for the areas bilingual inhabitants and raise awareness of the language and culture amongst the non-bilingual inhabitants. The shop sells ‘traditional’ products of a Welsh shop, including books, CD’s, greetings cards and gifts. They also have the facilities to personalise many of the items which is popular. As well as selling resources for Welsh learners they also hold prospectuses for local collages which provide Welsh lessons for adults.

Third prize of £300 was awarded to Kayleigh Rees of Talgarth YFC, Brecknock. Kayleigh has recently established her Designs 4 Ewe company which provides a one stop shop for all printing and embroidery solutions for businesses, schools, clubs and individuals. The company has facilities to print or embroider on a wide range of items and also provides a bilingual service to customers in the form of the website, catalogues and other promotional material in both English and Welsh as well as offering an extensive product selection with a variety of Fair Trade products on offer.

Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee Chairman, also part of the judging panel said, “All of the applicants we interviewed were outstanding. This is a fantastic scheme for young people living in rural Wales to gain advice on their businesses from a panel of experts. Wales YFC gave those who entered the unique chance in presenting their businesses to a panel of experts who are willing to sit down with them and give them individual advice on their business and help with financial and marketing advice. We are very grateful to Julie Masters, Welsh Assembly Government, Alun Jones, Menter a Busnes and Andy Woodthorpe for the advice and support that they gave our members. All applicants also received a £100 towards their businesses thanks to the kind sponsorship from NatWest. I wish all the candidates luck with their businesses and hope they go from strength to strength” explained Rhys Evans, Wales YFC rural affairs committee chairman.

03 December 2010

Brecknock YFC member wins Wales YFC Dunbia best prime lamb producer competition!

William John Judge, Glynne Jones Dunbia, Hugh Prothero
Hugh Prothero of Linbanus YFC in Brecknock bred the champion lambs in the Wales YFC Best Prime Lamb Producer sponsored by Dunbia. The reserve champion was bred by Megan Prothero of Libanus YFC, Brecknock.

Cheryl Morris of Aberedw YFC, Radnor won the award for the best stockman with her display board showing costings, pictures and information.

Judging the boards was Glynne Jones, Dunbia Group Lamb Procurement Manager. Glynne said, “It was refreshing to see the amount of work that the young farmers had put into the boards, this complimented the time which had clearly been spent on the livestock as well, underlining the fact that the competitors were competent as regards both the practical and theoretical sides of production. Cheryl was chosen as the winner because his board was both professional and comprehensive giving the onlooker an in depth insight into the process of rearing lambs to the highest standards.  Well done Cheryl!”  

Paul Edwards, MD of Dunbia Wales (Llanybydder) stated:-
“We were honoured once again this year to be involved with the Wales YFC lamb rearing competition at the Winter Fair.  The Winter Fair is Wales’ premier platform for livestock and for displaying the skills and integrity of the YFC members who participate in this event.  Congratulations not only to those who won but also to all of the members who participated in this event.”

02 December 2010

West Midlands area judges on top!

Competitions at the English winter fair 2010

Shropshire YFC members fought off stiff competition from over 100 competitors representing 14 counties to take the individual titles in the stock judging and carcase judging classes at the recent English Winter Fair held at the County Showground, Stafford.

The show took place last weekend, November 20-21 the YFC competitive classes were kindly sponsored by the English Beef & Lamb Executive. Young Farmers were able to judge Live Beef and Sheep classes and Beef and Pork Carcase Classes thanks to support from the show organiser, Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society along with Eblex.

The day was hailed a great success with a very high standard of scores across the classes, reports Staffs YFC County Organiser Julia Taylor. “It was great to have so many teams competing and demonstrating they know their stuff when it comes to livestock.”

Hosts Staffordshire YFC achieved success in the Live Beef class where Caroline Barlow  and Dan Ingham were placed 3rd in the Live Beef, jointly with Jeffery Barratt and Jake Wagstaff from Warwickshire.   Individually, Ian Wormington from Worcestershire and Lowri Davies from Carmarthenshire YFC were the highest scoring Intermediate and Senior respectively in this class.

In the Live Lamb Stockjudging Class, the Overall Team was Joe Williams and Abbi Moseley from Shropshire YFC with a total of 171 points

In the Lamb Carcase Class, the Overall Team was Evan Hughes and Charlotte Watkins from Herefordshire YFC with a total of 168 points

In the Pork Carcase Class, the Overall Team was John Brewer and Fay Thomas from Herefordshire YFC.

After a full day of judging the Birmingham Agricultural Exhibition Society Silver Challenge Cup was awarded to Shropshire YFC after they gained a whopping 651 points in all the classes.  They were followed by Gloucestershire YFC in 2nd place with 642 points and Warwickshire YFC in 3rd place with 633 points.

Overall the West Midlands Area counties were very strong and came away with plenty of prize money and certificates.

Stockjudging and Carcase judging competitions remain a very important and competitive sector in the Young Farmers federations across the country, as this day has demonstrated so well.  Next year, the English Winter Fair committee will continue to host these competitions for YFC members and looks forward to welcoming the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs again, to take part in this very successful show, with their Live and Carcase Judging Competition Finals, which were also held at the show for the first time this year.


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